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Jun 28, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone speaks on "Dogmatization and thought-taboos on the Left" on the panel "Self-censorship on the Left" with Norman Finkelstein, Spencer Leonard and Kuba Wrzesniewski moderated by Jason Myles at the Sublation Media launch party at Project Parlor in Brooklyn, NY, June 26, 2022.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Jun 15, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #147 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. June 2022 articles include: Deep underground in the Philippines: An interview with Nathan Quimpo by Daniel Rudin; The early Antideutsch and the working class by Max Hörügel; The failure of the Antideutsch: A response to Max Hörügel by Michael Fischer.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Jun 6, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone is back to explain the necessity of political Marxism to Theory Pleeb, who has only ever liked Marx the theorist while being generally skeptical of political Marxism.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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May 28, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone is back to answer the pleeb's questions in Why Lenin and Adorno? Chris Cutrone is the founder of Platypus Affiliated Society and he thinks that for there to ever be a Left again there are certain lessons we must learn from Lenin and Adorno. We're going to try to figure out what that is in this stream.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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May 12, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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"Two Marxists walk into a bar... one thinks the left is dead and needs to be brought back, the other thinks it is inseparable from the Democrats and must therefore be killed. Happy birthday, Karl Marx! A livestream response from Cutrone to Cryptofash in lieu of a debate... Pleeb will play interviewer and occasional devil's advocate so that we can hopefully learn something. Read pleeb's substack post that provides some context for this here:...
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May 4, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #146 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. May 2022 articles include: Concerning Chris Cutrone and the dictatorship of the proletariat by John Ehrenberg; Anarchism and the dictatorship of the proletariat: A response to Chris Cutrone by Matthew Crossin; Sins of the fathers? DSA and anti-Zionism by Tom Canel.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Apr 26, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Nadim of 99 Zu Eins interviews Chris Cutrone on the dictatorship of the proletariat and the death of the Left, article available online at:  https://platypus1917.org/2021/11/01/the-dictatorship-of-the-proletariat-and-the-death-of-the-left/
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Apr 7, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #145 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. April 2022 articles include: The pandemic and the Left by Phedias Christodoulides; Consciousness is essential — why the death of the Left is consequential: A rejoinder to Benedict Cryptofash by Chris Cutrone; “Rehabilitating the aesthetic”: An interview with Michael Wayne by D. L. Jacobs and Justin Spiegel.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Apr 7, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Public panel discussion at the 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society International Convention in Chicago.  What is Marxism for?  Was the Millennial Left Marxist? What was not Marxist about it? What is the relevance of Marxism today? Why is it necessary to recover or return to Marxism and what would it mean to go beyond it? What is the point of leadership by Marxist intellectuals? Is that necessary?  Panelists:  - Benjamin Studebaker  - Donald Parkinson  - James Heartfield - Chris Cutrone 
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Mar 5, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #144 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. March 2022 articles include:  The more things change, the more they stay the same: A response to Canel and Jacobs by  David Duhalde;  How long is the end of history? by  Connor Harney;  “Before you can be a pirate, you have to sail in the navy”:  An interview with Gus Sanchez by  Laurie Rojas and W. Xiao . 
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Mar 5, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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In this episode Kevin talks with Chris Cutrone about the thesis that the Left is dead. They discuss the Platypus Affiliated Society, what he means by the death of the Left, a brief history of the Left in the 20th century, a discussion of the Millennial Left, the question of the DSA and the gradualist approach, and much more.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Feb 27, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society interviewed by Douglas Lain of Diet Soap / Sublation Media on the current state of the Left in the time of the Ukraine crisis and resurgent international war but more importantly in the recent and longue duree history of the past 100 years and the liquidation of Marxism and socialism and demise of the Millennial Left producing the present post-political or pre-political moment.  Can the socialist Left become political ? Chris Cutrone and Douglas...
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Feb 9, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society joins Douglas Lain of Diet Soap/Sublation Media to discuss Clement Greenberg's 1939 essay "Avant-Garde and Kitsch." This is a follow up to the 2/3/22 Critical Cuts video "Are NFTs Revolutionary?," but Cutrone also offers a defense of Greenberg, discusses the limits of the SI, and wonders if it's time for the Left and the working class to "realize the Spectacle." Cutrone stays past the hour to discuss his art career...
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Feb 8, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #143 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. February 2022 articles include: 1619 and all that:  Contradictions of the American Revolution by Daniel Lazare; The Black Belt thesis: An interview with Timothy V. Johnson by Daniel Deweese; Tomorrow is today: An interview with Anthony Monteiro by  Zeyu Chen and D. L. Jacobs. 
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Jan 3, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone interviewed by Jason Myles, Pascal Robert, Djene Bajalan and Kuba  Wrzesniewski for This is Revolution podcast.  In recent articles in the Platypus Review, titled "Paths to Marxism" and "The Dictatorship of the Proletariat and the Death of the Left," Chris Cutrone wrote: “Today, the ostensible ‘Left’ — the avowed ‘socialists’ — have abandoned the goal of the dictatorship of the proletariat, either in words or in fact, the latter by...
Topics: Platypus, Left, Socialism, Communism, Marxism
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Jan 3, 2022 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone and Conrad Hamilton with Doug Lain of Diet Soap Media debate 20th century regression from the struggle for socialism, addressing the 1930s Old Left and 1960s New Left and the Russian and Chinese Revolutions and feminism. 
Topics: Platypus, Left, Socialism, Communism, Marxism
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Dec 21, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #138 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. July-August 2021 articles include: Introduction to negative dialectics by Angela Davis; Social democracy, the mix, and the problem of the labor metaphysic: A response to recent articles by Chris Cutrone and Matt Karp by Richard Schneirov; Bridging theory and practice: An interview with Angela Davis by Duyminh Tran, Erin Hagood.
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Dec 21, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #139 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. September 2021 articles include: What is capitalism, and why should we be against it? by Rjurik Davidson, Arthur Dent, Rory Dufficy; The “truth” of Kautsky: Comments on “Kautsky in the 21st century” by Jules Townshend; To look beyond the border fence: Reflections on “What is capitalism, and why should we be against it?” by William Briggs.
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Dec 21, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #140 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. October 2021 articles include: On the Marxist use of psychoanalysis to understand fascism by Victor Cova; Latin American Trotskyism: An interview with Antonio Rosello by Francisco Sanchez Acosta; The Millennial Left and the Democratic Party: A response to D. L. Jacobs by Tom Canel.
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Dec 21, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #141 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. November 2021 articles include: The dictatorship of the proletariat and the death of the Left by Chris Cutrone; COVID, capitalism, and communism by Karyn Pomerantz; Empty, pro-imperialist rhetoric: A response to Chris Cutrone’s “Afghanistan” by Hari Kumar.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Dec 20, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #142 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. December 2021-January 2022 articles include:  The Left is not a concept by Benedict Cryptofash; Paths to Marxism by Chris Cutrone; What can one learn from the Right? by D. L. Jacobs; We are the city-building tendency by Caleb T. Maupin. 
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Dec 20, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Doug Lain of Diet Soap Media interviews Chris Cutrone on  Lain’s recent interview with Conrad Hamilton on post-COVID politics  and Cutro ne’s article from 2019, “ Redeeming the 20th century: Statism and anarchy today .”
Topics: Platypus, Left, Socialism, Communism, Marxism
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Nov 26, 2021 Chris Cutrone
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Chris Cutrone and Douglas Lain discuss the crisis of neoliberalism and current state of the Left and its recent history in the 1980s-90s anti-/alter-globalization movement and Millennial era leading to the present. 
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Sep 26, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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At the September 25, 2021 Platypus Midwest Regional Conference, held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Chris Cutrone gave a teach-in on the dictatorship of the proletariat and the death of the Left in the history of Marxism and the Left leading up to today. 
Topics: Platypus, Left, Socialism, Communism, Marxism
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Sep 4, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society discusses (part 1) his essay "Afghanistan: After 20 and 40 years" with Douglas Lain. Put differently, the last Marxist weighs in on the invasion, occupation, and withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Excerpt from essay:  "AFGHANISTAN WAS INTENDED BY THE U.S. in the 1980s to be the Soviet Union’s Vietnam War. But it is the United States today that is experiencing a second Fall of Saigon in Kabul. If the Great Recession was the historic...
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Apr 4, 2021 Platypus Affiliated Society
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On April 3rd, 2021, the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a virtual panel on "The Politics of Critical Theory" as part of the 2021 Platypus International Convention. For many on the Left, the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns, and the coinciding growth of the DSA and Momentum between 2015 and 2020, posed an opportunity for a revitalization of the Left. Following the failure of these campaigns there has been a resurgence of interest in the critical theory of the Frankfurt School amidst a...
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Nov 14, 2020 Chris Cutrone
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Chris Cutrone teaches in the Departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an Instructor at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and was a longtime lecturer in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago, where he completed the PhD degree in the Committee on the History of Culture and the MA in Art History. His doctoral dissertation was on Adorno’s Marxism. He received the MFA...
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Chris Cutrone (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) interviewed by Laurie Johnson (Political Science, Kansas State University) on the death and life of the Left, the hidden potential of liberalism and potential futures. (Raw audio recording.) Chris Cutrone's writings for the Platypus Affiliated Society: https://chriscutrone.platypus1917.org/
Topics: Platypus, Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Trotskyism
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Sep 13, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Chris Cutrone (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) joins George Washington Forum Radio for an interview with James Vaughn to discuss Donald Trump's election and U.S. politics, the present crisis of neoliberalism, and the global shift toward post-neoliberalism. (Raw audio recording.) George Washington Forum Radio podcasts at: https://gwfohio.org/gwf-radio/
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Sep 5, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Known as the "pope of Marxism", Karl Kautsky was a leading figure of the 2nd International and the mass socialist parties of the 19th century. He became an incredibly controversial figure in Marxism after 1914 largely as a result of his opposition to the 1917 revolution. In recent years, he has resurfaced on the Left as an important intellectual, though his legacy remains in dispute. What can we learn from Karl Kautsky's Marxism today?  PANELISTS  Chris Cutrone (Platypus Affiliated...
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Chris Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social emancipation . He returns to the Zero Books channel to discuss his 2014 essay “Defending Marxist Hegelianism against a Marxist critique” and to discuss the role that critical theory should play in the struggle for socialism.  Suggested reading: Mike Macnair, “Lukács: The philosophy trap,”  Weekly Worker  11/21/13 ...
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Aug 1, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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2020 summer lecture series by the Platypus Affiliated Society Panel Discussion by the lecturers James Vaughn, Chris Cutrone, Reid Kotlas, Spencer Leonard and Pamela Nogales The red thread running through the lecture series, and the question discussed in this final panel among the lecturers, is the persistence and legacy of the revolution. How does Marxism appear today in light of the American Revolution, and vice versa? Background reading: Chris Cutrone, "The American Revolution and the...
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Jul 19, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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The Legacy of the American Revolution 2020 summer lecture series by the Platypus Affiliated Society Chris Cutrone on the Gilded Age and Second Industrial Revolution https://platypus1917.org The retrospective view from the present allows for regarding the 20th century as the outcome of the Gilded Age — of the Second Industrial Revolution. We still live in the after-effects of the crisis that conditioned the 20th century. The inability to overcome the discontents of capital from a century ago...
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Jul 18, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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The Legacy of the American Revolution 2020 summer lecture series by the Platypus Affiliated Society Chris Cutrone on the Gilded Age and Second Industrial Revolution https://platypus1917.org The retrospective view from the present allows for regarding the 20th century as the outcome of the Gilded Age — of the Second Industrial Revolution. We still live in the after-effects of the crisis that conditioned the 20th century. The inability to overcome the discontents of capital from a century ago...
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Jun 27, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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The recent protests against police brutality have raised questions about the revolutionary character of the United States. Platypus argues that any revolution in America for human emancipation would have to build on the legacy of 1776 and not 1619. We see the erasure of 1776 as a fundamental acquiescence to defeat. This is why today we are making the case for 1776 and the promise of liberty yet to be fulfilled. The red thread running through the lecture series is the persistence & legacy of...
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Michael Woodson interviews Chris Cutrone on capitalism, post-neoliberalism and prospects for socialism in the 21st century, for the radio program Living Art on WKPFT 90.1 FM, Houston, Texas, broadcast in two parts, May 28 and June 4, 2020. Part 1 addresses the difference between Ancient and Modern or traditional civilization and bourgeois society; Part 2 addresses the new contradiction of capitalism with the Industrial Revolution and the task of socialism. "Socialism in the 21st...
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May 23, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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On May 23rd, 2020, the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a panel titled "What is capitalism, and why should we be against it?" PANEL DESCRIPTION: The present is characterized not only by a political crisis of the global neoliberal order but also by differing interpretations of the cause of this crisis: capitalism. If we are to interpret capitalism, we must also know how to change it. We ask the panelists to consider the following questions: - What is capitalism? - Is capitalism...
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Apr 22, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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On April 22, 2020, on the occasion of Lenin's 150th birthday, the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a teach-in led by Chris Cutrone on the question: What is Lenin's legacy today? Reference will be made to Ralph Miliband's critical essay on Lenin's 100th birthday in 1970 on Lenin's State and Revolution, republished in Jacobin magazine in 2018: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/lenin-state-and-revolution-miliband Text of prepared opening remarks available at: ...
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Apr 5, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Closing plenary discussion of the 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society International Convention with panelists Jamal Abed-Rabbo (Democratic Socialists of America), Patrick Quinn (Solidarity, Democratic Socialists of America), Chris Cutrone (Platypus) and Earl Silbar.
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Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society is interviewed by Douglas Lain of Zero Books Podcast on Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party primary elections, Donald Trump, and prospects for progressive liberal capitalism and socialist politics on the Left.
Topics: Platypus, Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Progressivism, Left
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Mar 11, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #124 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. March 2020 articles include: “Trotskyists drew a line at supporting the Democrats”: An interview with Wayne Price by Spencer A. Leonard; What would Tom Paine advocate today? by Robert Meeropol; Jobs and free stuff and Chris Cutrone; The American Revolution and the Left by Chris Cutrone.
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Presentation at the 2020 CAA College Art Association conference in Chicago on the panel "Another Revolution: Artistic Contributions to Building New Worlds 1910-30 (Part 1)" with Aglaya K. Glebova and chair Florian Grosser with discussant Monica C Bravo.
Topics: Modernism, Marxism, Avant-Garde, Kitsch
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Feb 15, 2020 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #123 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. February 2020 articles include: Why not Trump again? by Chris Cutrone; Robots and sweatshops by Chris Cutrone; The New Deal and progressive liberalism by Clint Montgomery; Labour once more by Efraim Carlebach; Brexit is the least problem for Labour and the European Left by Victor Cova.
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Douglas Lain of Zero Squared podcast for Zero Books interviews Chris Cutrone on Realizing Philosophy. Chris Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social emancipation. He is the former head of the often contrarian Marxist group The Platypus Affiliated Society and in this podcast, we discuss the possibility of realizing philosophy.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Dec 3, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #122 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. December 2019 articles include: Thirty years of 1989: The end of history? by Robert Bird, Patrick Quinn, John Abbott, John Bachtell, Earl Silbar; On the use and abuse of Nietzsche for the Left by Ethan Linehan.
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Dec 3, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #121 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. November 2019 articles include: “We should not look back to the New Left:” An interview with Dan La Botz by Matt Cavagrotti and Spencer A. Leonard; Socialism and communism in the age of climate strikes by Sascha Engel; On ‘exit’ from capital by Gus Lake.
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Oct 4, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #120 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. October 2019 articles include: What makes a history Marxist? An interview with John Rees on The Leveller Revolution by Efraim Carlebach; On Stalinism: An interview with Hillel Ticktin by Sophia Freeman; The shipwrecked society by Jonathan Black.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Sep 12, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #119 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. September 2019 articles include: Beyond sect or movement: What is a political center? by Michael Hirsch, Jim Creegan, Spencer Leonard; Hong Kong’s dialectic between spontaneity and organization by Kai Yui Samuel Chan; What was Stalinism in power? by Rory Hannigan.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Jul 9, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #118 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. July-August 2019 articles include: Althusser’s Marxism by Jan Schroeder; The struggle for land rights: Indonesian (urban) Agrarian Reform and (against) the Global Land Form in Bandung by Frans Ari Prasetyo; What was the avant-garde? by Patrick Zapien.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Jul 6, 2019 Chris Cutrone
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In this episode of Symptomatic Redness, Derick Varn and Lexi Kay of Swampside chats. Chris Cutrone took on a variety of relatively hostile questions for a few hours. This is part one and is available for everyone. Derick Varn is a former member of the Platypus Affiliated Society. Can Cutrone hold his ground when facing hostile questions? Find out. (unedited interview.)
Topics: Platypus Affiliated Society, Marxism, Left, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin
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Jun 18, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #117 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. June 2019 special issue on 1969: The death of the Students for a Democratic Society. Articles include “Through the lens of the national liberation struggle:” An interview with Carl Davidson by Spencer A. Leonard; “Nobody wanted to hear, ‘You’re reactionary in what you’re doing’:” An interview with Earl Silbar by Stephanie Gomez and Spencer A. Leonard.
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May 3, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #114 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. March 2019 articles include: Vanguard or Avant-Garde? Revisiting questions on leadership Part 2: Towards a new vanguard theory by Alexander Riccio; The revolution marooned: Cuba and the Left by Ethan Linehan; The Japanese Left: An interview with William Andrews by Chris Mansour.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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May 3, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #115 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. April 2019 articles include: Forgetting Mark Fisher by Efraim Carlebach; The capitalist body in perpetual recovery in Melanie Gilligan’s Self-Capital by Max Fields; What does it mean to say that Platypus is the psychoanalyst of the Left? by Omair Hussain.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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May 3, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #116 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. May 2019 articles include: Redeeming the 20th century: Statism and anarchy today by Chris Cutrone; Platypus, Strauss, and the philosophy-politics nexus by Tom Canel; The case for a Marxist intersectionality: Class reductionism, chauvinism, and a critique of David Faes on transgender liberation by Benett Shoop.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Apr 7, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Audio recording of the closing plenary discussion with Chris Cutrone and Richard Rubin at the 11th annual Platypus Affiliated Society international convention. 
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Feb 20, 2019 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #113 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. February 2019 articles include: The Black Panther Party and community organizing: An interview with Bobby Seale by Audrey Crescenti; Vanguard or Avant-Garde? Revisiting questions on leadership: Part 1: The vanguard debate in history by Alexander Riccio; The Black Panther Party, Malcom X, and the question of revolutionary politics today: An interview with Kathleen Cleaver by Sophia Freeman.
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left
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Dec 8, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #112 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. December 2018-January 2019 articles include: To topple the Stalinist bureaucracy: Reconsidering Leon Trotsky’s The Revolution Betrayed by Jason Dawsey; Film Review: Pierre Schoeller, Un peuple et son roi by Ciat Conlin; Theater Review: Nicholas Hytner, Young Marx by Katie Ebner-Landy; Intergalactic mutant music: The music of Christian Wolff and the politics of ‘68: An interview with Christian Wolff by Jim...
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Nov 20, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #111 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. November 2018 articles include: #MeToo and the millennial sex panic by David Faes; Those Twenties: An interview with Lawrence Parker on the National Left-Wing Movement by Efraim Carlebach; Transgender liberation? A movement whose time has passed by David Faes
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Oct 22, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #109 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. September 2018 articles include: How the counter-culture shaped the culture of unfreedom by Neil Davenport; May ‘68 in France and the hidden war within the Left by Mitchell Abidor; Event report: 2018 Labor Notes Conference by Greg Lucero; Would slavery have ended sooner if the British had defeated the Colonists’ bid for independence? by Keith Brooks; The death agony of meritocracy by Jack Devine.
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Oct 22, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #110 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. October 2018 articles include: What was the Socialist Party? An interview with David McReynolds by Erin Hagood and Stephanie Gomez; Would Eugene Debs support socialists running as Democrats Sanders, Shachtmanism, and the death of the Debs legacy by Reid Kane; Modern today means old: A discussion with Frederic Rzewksi by Jim Igor Kallenberg.
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Sep 21, 2018
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A book of poetry and prose produced by the participants of Towards a Newer Avant-Garde 2018. A project of the Platypus Affiliated Society.
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Aug 8, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #108 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. July-August 2018 articles include: Why I wish Hillary had won: Distractions of anti-Trump-ism by Chris Cutrone; Karl Marx, utopian socialist: An interview with Gregory Claeys by Spencer A. Leonard; Ends of philosophy by Chris Cutrone.
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Jun 3, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #107 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. June 2018 articles include: No nazis on Rocky Top? Anti-racism in the age of Trump by Chris Irwin, Jordan Rogers and Raja Swamy; Messages in a bottle instead of pseudo-revolution: An interview with Detlev Claussen by Jan Schroeder.
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May 25, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #106 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. May 2018 articles include: Marxism and feminism by Roxanne Baker, Judith Shapiro and Sarah McDonald; 1918-2018: The century of counterrevolution by Chris Cutrone.
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May 6, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Closing plenary discussion of the President's report by Chris Cutrone at the 10th annual international convention of the Platypus Affiliated Society, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 7, 2018. Prepared remarks available online at: https://platypus1917.org/2018/05/04/1918-2018-the-century-of-counterrevolution/
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Apr 24, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #105 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. April 2018 articles include: The future of socialism: What kind of illness is capitalism? by Chris Cutrone; 50 years of 1968 by Robert Borba, Judith Shapiro, Jack Conrad, and Hillel Ticktin.
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Apr 24, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #104 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. March 2018 articles include: 1917–2017 by Sam Brown, Jonathan W. Daly, Franklin Dmitryev, Greg Lucero; Women’s March: An islamophile intervention against women’s rights by Tina Sanders.
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Apr 24, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #103 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. February 2018 articles include: Back to Enlightenment values: An interview with Brendan O’Neill by Chris Mansour; Keeping the movement going: An interview with Gayle McLaughlin by William Lushbough; The struggle for a Catalan republic: Rethinking the way forward by Kacper Grass.
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Feb 3, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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On February 2, 2018 The Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a discussion on the relationship of Technology to the Left.
Topics: Marxism, Technology, Leftism, The Left, Internet, The Web, Net Neutrality
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Feb 3, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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On February 2, 2018 The Platypus Affliated Society hosted a discussion in New York City on the relationship between Technology and the Left.
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Chris Cutrone, founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society, interviewed by Douglas Lain of Zero Books, on results of the first year of the Presidency of Donald Trump. Cutrone's writings referenced in the interview can be found at: https://platypus1917.org/category/platypus-review-authors/chris-cutrone/ Chris Cutrone is the last Marxist. Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social...
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Chris Cutrone, founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society, interviewed by Douglas Lain of Zero Books, on the results of the first year of the Presidency of Donald Trump. Cutrone's writings referenced in the interview can be found at: https://platypus1917.org/category/platypus-review-authors/chris-cutrone/ Chris Cutrone is the last Marxist. Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social...
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Jan 19, 2018 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Discussion by Chris Cutrone of his essay "The end of the Gilded Age: Discontents of the Second Industrial Revolution today" on Radical Minds radio show WHPK Hyde Park Radio, Chicago, with hosts Erin Hagood and Stephanie Gomez. Article available at: https://platypus1917.org/2017/12/02/end-gilded-age-discontents-second-industrial-revolution-today/
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Since the Nazi seizure of power eighty years ago anti-fascism has been a component of left-wing politics. In response to the Trump presidency, the politics of anti-fascism, reminiscent of the Popular Front of the 30’s or the Black Bloc politics of the 90s, have -- once again -- been resurrected by the Left. How is anti-fascism the same or different today? Why anti-fascism now? Panelists:  Elijah Wolter, member of UChciago Student Action (formerly known as the IIRON Student Network).  Jesse...
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Dec 21, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #102 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. December 2017 - January 2018 articles include: Fighting instead of managing capitalism: An interview with Sascha Stanicic by Stefan Hain and Sebastian Vogel; The end of the Gilded Age: Discontents of the Second Industrial Revolution today by Chris Cutrone; The struggle for a Catalan republic—which way forward? by Jorge Martin.
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Dec 15, 2017 The Platypus Affiliated Society
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Panel hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago on December 14, 2017. Panelists: Sam Mitrani, The Spark Jorge Mujica, Arise Chicago Nathan Smith, SPUSA Following Trumpâs election and the protests in Berkeley, Boston, Charlottesville, and elsewhere, the politics of anti-fascism and anti-racism have made a zealous comeback, entering once again into the mainstream of American politics. Their return brings with them a sense of moral and ethical...
Topics: Reform, Reformism, Revolution, Marxism, Resistance, Anarchism, Social Democracy, Trump, Politics,...
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Nov 8, 2017 The Platypus Affiliated Society
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1917-2017: The 100th Anniversary of the October Revolution A panel discussion hosted by The Platypus Affiliated Society at the University of Illinois at Chicago on November 6, 2017 Speakers: Jonathan Daly (UIC history professor) Franklin Dimitryev (News & Letters) Greg Lucero (SPUSA) Sam (Black Rose/ Rosa Negra) Date/Time/Location: Monday, 11/6, 6:00 PM Taft Hall 208 826 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607 What were the aims of the 1917 Russian Revolution? What was the self-understanding of...
Topics: Marxism, Russian Revolution, October Revolution, 1917, Politics, Anarchism, Liberalism, Lenin,...
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Nov 3, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #101 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. November 2017 articles include: Not just snowflakes: Fighting the culture wars in the age of Trump: An interview with Mark Bray by Erin Hagood; Constituent Assembly: 1917–2017 by Daniel Lazare; Book review: Philip Cunliffe, Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution 1917–2017 by Gregor Baszak; Book review: Josh Maufawad-Paul, Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain by Uriah Marc...
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Oct 19, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Audio recording of teach-in by Chris Cutrone at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on the article "The Millennial Left is dead" published in Platypus Review issue #100 (October 2017). https://platypus1917.org/2017/10/01/millennial-left-dead/
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Oct 10, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #100 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. October 2017 articles include: The Millennial Left is dead by Chris Cutrone; Not your grandfather’s anti-fascism: Challenges facing the anti-fascist movement in the age of Trump by Participants in CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective; Lessons of the Russian Revolution: Party substitutionism is death to a revolution by Wayne Price; Notes on philosophy by Herbert Marcuse.
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Oct 10, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #99 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. September 2017 special issue on 1917-2017 by Chris Cutrone, Bryan Palmer and Leo Panitch.
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Sep 21, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Platypus member Nick D'Angelo delivered a talk at New York University on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and its relevance today.
Topics: Marxism, Bolshevism, Lenin, Russian Revolution, Russia, Communism
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Jul 26, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #98 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. July-August 2017 articles include: Marxism in the age of Trump by Chris Cutrone, Catherine Liu, and Greg Lucero; Horkheimer on Lenin’s “Empiriocriticism:” Max Horkheimer’s 1928–29 reaction to Lenin’s epistemological polemic Materialism and Empiriocriticism by Michael Jekel.
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Jul 15, 2017 http://thessaloniki.platypus1917.org/
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Η εκδήλωση πραγματοποιήθηκε στα πλαίσια του αντιρατσιστικού φεστιβάλ Θεσσαλονίκης στις 24 Ιουνίου 2017 και διοργανώθηκε από την ομάδα Πλατύπους Θεσσαλονίκη (http://thessaloniki.platypus1917.org/).  Το σκεπτικό της εκδήλωσης που αποστείλαμε στους ομιλητές: Μετά την αποσύνθεση των...
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Jul 11, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #97 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. June 2017 articles include: What is socialism? International social democracy by Jack Conrad, Adam Buick, and Robin Halpin; The fatal embrace of the Left and the Labour Party: Ralph Miliband's changing positions on Labour by Michael Fitzpatrick.
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Chris Cutrone, founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society, interviewed by Douglas Lain of Zero Books, on the crisis of neoliberalism and the election of Donald Trump. (Podcast part 2.) Cutrone's writings referenced in the interview can be found at: https://platypus1917.org/category/platypus-review-authors/chris-cutrone/ Chris Cutrone is the last Marxist. Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics...
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Chris Cutrone, founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society, interviewed by Douglas Lain of Zero Books, on the crisis of neoliberalism and the election of Donald Trump. (Podcast part 1.) Cutrone's writings referenced in the interview can be found at: https://platypus1917.org/category/platypus-review-authors/chris-cutrone/ Chris Cutrone is the last Marxist. Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics...
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Jun 9, 2017 Campaign for a socialist party in the U.S.
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A discussion with William Pelz, editor of the book Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy: A Documentary History , on the historical origins of socialist parties. Sponsored by the Campaign for a socialist party in the U.S. https://www.facebook.com/campaignforasocialistpartyus
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Chris Cutrone, founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society, interviewed by Douglas Lain of Zero Books, on the crisis of neoliberalism and the election of Donald Trump. Cutrone's writings referenced in the interview can be found at: https://platypus1917.org/category/platypus-review-authors/chris-cutrone/ Chris Cutrone is the last Marxist. Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social...
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May 18, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Note : The MP3 file has significantly better audio quality than the video recording. Panelists  (in speaking order):  Daniel Lazare  (contributor to  The Nation ,  LRB ,  Jacobin  and author of  The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy ) Wayne Price  (contributor to  The Utopian ,  Anarcho-Syndicalist Review , & www.anarkismo.net, and author of  The Value of Radical Theory: An Anarchist Introduction to Marx's Critique of...
Topics: politics, socialism, Marxism, crisis, neoliberalism, Democratic Party, Left
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May 15, 2017 http://thessaloniki.platypus1917.org/
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Σαράντα χρόνια μετά την πετρελαϊκή κρίση του 1973 και την ανατροπή του συστήματος ισοτιμιών του Μπρέττον Γουντς, η Αριστερά εξακολουθεί να ρίχνει όλο το βάρος της στην αναχαίτιση ή την επιβράδυνση του νεοφιλελεύθερου καπιταλισμού – της σύναψης διεθνών εμπορικών...
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May 8, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #96 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. May 2017 special issue on The Crisis of Neoliberalism, closing plenary panel discussion at the 3rd Platypus European Conference, University of Vienna, February 18, 2017, with Chris Cutrone, John Milios, Emmanuel Tomaselli, and Boris Kagarlitsky. Full audio recording at: https://archive.org/details/platypus_crisisofneoliberalismvienna021817
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Apr 9, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #93 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. February 2017 special issue on Immigration and the Left with: Alvaro Rodriguez, Henry Cooper, Liam Wright at the University of Houston; and Jorge Mujica, Ralph Cintron, and Jacqueline Stevens at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Apr 9, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #94 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. March 2017 articles include: Freedom from progress: Donald Trump, Christopher Lasch, and a Left in fear of America by Nicos Malliaris; The ironies of Trump’s education policy by Laura Lee Schmidt.
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Apr 9, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Issue #95 of the broadsheet newspaper publication of the Platypus Affiliated Society. April 2017 articles include: The politics of Critical Theory by Chris Cutrone, Martin Suchanek, and Haziran Zeller; Art and capital without contradiction? An interview with Jay Bernstein by Jensen Suther.
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Apr 9, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Closing plenary of the 9th annual Platypus Affiliated Society international convention Panelists: Bryan Palmer Leo Panitch Chris Cutrone, Platypus Affiliated Society The First World War manifested an economic, social and political crisis of global capitalism, – “imperialism” – which sparked reflection in the mass parties of the Second International on the task of socialist politics. The revisionist dispute, the “crisis of Marxism” in which Lenin, Luxemburg and Trotsky first cut...
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Apr 8, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Opening plenary of the 9th annual Platypus Affiliated Society international convention University of Chicago Panelists: Chris Cutrone, Platypus Affiliated Society Greg Lucero, Socialist Party USA Catherine Liu, University of California Irvine The long anticipated outcome of the 2016 US Presidential Election — the coronation of Hillary Clinton — was dramatically derailed by the twin “populist” insurgencies of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Many on the Left hoped the Sanders campaign...
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Apr 6, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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A teach-in organized by the Platypus Affiliated Society featuring Chris Cutrone (School of the Art Institute) It's generally agreed upon that the Republican Party is being fundamentally transformed under the leadership of president Donald Trump. But toward what? And how will the Left be affected by these changes? This teach-in will attempt to answer some of these fundamental questions.
Topics: Trump, Donald Trump, Neoliberalism, Fordism, Politics, Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, Democrats,...
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Mar 24, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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Art and Commodity Form Teach-in held at New York University on March, 23, 2017. Speaker: Allison Hewitt Ward If the commodity-structure has been the defining feature of modern capitalism, it stands to reason that the development of art has followed its logic as well. Art, however, seems to be deeply ambivalent about its commodity status and bourgeois development. How might an examination of the emergence of "art" as we know it alongside the emergence of bourgeois society and the...
Topics: Art, Commodity, Marxism
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Feb 18, 2017 Platypus Affiliated Society
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For 2017, the third time the Platypus Affiliated Society hosts its European Conference and we are happy to announce the University of Vienna as this year's location. The program includes two panel discussions on the Politics of Critical Theory and the Crisis of Neoliberalism as well as several workshops. University of Vienna What is the legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution today? A teach-in on problems of Leftist historiography. Speakers: - Chris Cutrone - Richard Rubin
Topics: Platypus, Trotskyism, Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Left